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Biography #2 (for Once Upon a Time in Mexico)

Danny Trejo has developed a prolific career in the movie business. Yet his road to success has been hard earned and anything but typical. From imprisonment to helping young people battle drug addiction, acting to producing, the name, face and achievements of Danny Trejo are well recognized in Hollywood.

Trejo grew up on the streets of Los Angeles. Despite spending the latter part of his youth and early adulthood incarcerated, Danny rose to accomplish what most only dream of. Upon his release from San Quentin, he became involved in programs aimed at helping those who, like him, battle drug and alcohol addictions.

Years later, Trejo visited the set of Runaway Train to offer support to a man he'd been counseling. He was immediately offered a role as a convict. He has since gone on to appear in dozens of films including Desperado, the From Dusk Till Dawn film series, Heat, Seven Days, Seven Nights, Reindeer Games, Spy Kids and its two sequels, The Salton Sea and XXX. He will also be seen in The Big Empty.

Trejo has also appeared on numerous television shows including The District, NYPD Blue, The X-Files and Resurrection Blvd., as well as co-starring in Showtime's Attica.

In 2000, Trejo formed his own production company, Starburst. His first producing endeavor was The Animal Factory, directed by Steve Buscemi, starring Willem Dafoe and Edward Furlong. Other projects in development at Starburst include My Father's Flag, a young soldier's conflict between his father and his country, and his evolution into a patriot, Desert Burn and Winnebago, a noir adventure set in the ‘70s surf scene of California and Mexico. The film is to be directed by Nick James, with whom Tréjo produced the award winning short An Eye For Talent.

In addition to his impressive list of credits, it's Trejo's continual role as a devoted husband, father of three, and as an intervention counselor, that brings him the greatest satisfaction.

Bio courtesy Columbia Pictures for "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" (12-Oct-2003)


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